I'd been thinking about doing this for awhile but have never gotten around to doing it. Basically, I"ve always wanted to do a long list of matches where I'd rate them. I had a couple of problems though as I'd always forget matches that I've matched. The second problem is that I"m kind of eh on the star ranking system. I like it and I don't. So after thinking about it, I"ve decided to rate all matches on a personal enjoyment scale. All marks will be out of 10 and even those aren't definite either. A match may also have the same enjoyment rating as another match on here but that doesn't mean I felt the same about both matches. Some matches I may enjoy for their flow while others for their athetic feats and so on.
I have watched an awful lot of wrestling but don't expect every match to be on here. Like I said, I can't remember everything and there will be no match here listed that's under a 6/10. This is a celebration of all my favourite matches and not a place where I"m going to diss matches hence the word favourite.
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Resident Evil's Favourite Matches Ever. Continually updated
Antonio Inoki vs Chris Markoff, JWA 05/16/69 6.5/10 --- Really good spirited battle with the evil villan battling the classic face.
DYNAMITE KID vs TIGER MASK 8.5/10
-- The best bridge of all time? Tiger Mask certainly makes a case for it here.
DYNAMITE KID vs KEITH HART STAMPEDE 8.1/10
-- Very short match but still awesome enough for a lot of enjoyment. Dynamite and Keith go at each other so hard that it would make Kobashi, Misawa and company wince. Dynamite flies off the top of the ringpost onto the floor. I"m not sure on what year this is.
DYNAMITE KID vs TIGER MASK 4/21/83 10/10
-- The best of the series imo as it's easily the most emotional. A terrific ending that does give you a suitable conclusion to the seriesbut still leaves you with the biggest "what if" in wrestling history.
RICKY STEAMBOAT & JAY YOUNGBLOOD vs SGT SLAUGHTER & DON KERNODLE JCP 03/12/83, Cage Match 8/10 -- Very, very good cage match. I also really enjoyed the prematch contract signings.
RICKY STEAMBOAT vs MACHO MAN 1987 MAPLE LEAF GARDENS 9.1/10
-- Excellent match from Maple Leaf Gardens which I think occured in 1987.
HULK HOGAN vs ANDRE THE GIANT WRESTLEMANIA III 8.5/10
-- Awesome match between two legends. The bodyslam heard round the world.
RICKY STEAMBOAT vs MACHO MAN WRESTLEMANIA III 6.5/10
-- Two counts!
RICKY STEAMBOAT vs RICK RUDE ROYAL RUMBLE 6/10
-- Good solid bout
Rip Rogers vs Terry Taylor WCW 9.8/10 Im not sure of the date of this at all but it is one of my favourite matches of all time. I'm a mark for everything here. 2 undercard cards fighting a competitive match but yet there's still hierachary. (lease forgive the spelling of that word) Everything looks really rough with the lighting adding to the effect. This is something I always preffered over the non imposing lighting of the WWF at the time. And I love cheering for Rip Rogers! He should've been world champion.. I always wanted to see the Pillman matches from WCW.
BRIAN PILLMAN/BRUCE HART vs MIDNIGHT COWBOYS aka RIP ROGERS and STAMPEDE 1989 7.1/10 -- JIP big time but it's enough to show a really fun match. Pillman and Rogers both shine in this one with Pillman bringing some insane heigth (Pillman had already been having a lot of injury problems in Stampede) to his flying moves and Rogers working a smart match.
CACTUS JACK vs NORMAN THE LUNATIC aka MAKAHN SINGH aka a million other identities WCW 7.1/10 -- I've only seen limited Cactus Jack from his initial? run in WCW. Here he gets a lot of offense and proves that he can put a match together at this stage of his career. The very charasmatic Makahn Singh is always capable and proves here that he knows what he's doing too. He deserves much more than being remembered as Bastion Booger.
STEINERS vs NASTY BOYS Halloween Havoc 90 9.2/10
-- 2 tough teams just go out there and obliberate each other. The Steiners just look like they're from another world here if you're just used to watching the WWF. This is the best Nasty Boys match I've ever seen. But it's just not stiffness here. The match is put together well.
ULTIMATE WARRIOR vs MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE Career vs Career 9.9/10 -- This is one of the matches that really stirs me up emotionally. The ending with Savage just crawling out of the ring is epic. I don't know if the WWE will ever be able to top the angle afterwards which is helped tremendously by the match preceding it.
TED DIBIASE vs VIRGIL SUMMERSLAM 9.5/10
-- Very emotional. This was years in the making.
CACTUS JACK vs KENTA KOBASHI ALL JAPAN 6/10
-- The offense is what gets this match up here. Really good match energy on a fam cam. All Cactus Jack fans should make sure to check out the ending on this one.
RICKY STEAMBOAT vs RICK RUDE BEACH BLAST IRONMAN 9.1/10
-- What a bout that managed to put both men over. The ending was especially great with Steamboat surviving an excellent sleeper spot by Rude and than getting the pinfall. Than Rude wrestles "face like" in a last bit high paced desperation effort to tie the hockey game up which is what this felt like at the end. Ending gets a lot of points for being unique and smart.
BRET HART vs RODDY PIPER WRESTLEMANIA VIII 8.9/10
-- Rare face vs face match at the time with some nice storytelling. I love the ringbell spot
BRIAN PILLMAN vs Z-MAN WRESTLEWAR 92 7.1/10
-- Nice match and a good atmosphere. I loved seeing the crowd have sustained heat for a match with the Z-Man since I always was a fan.
NIKITA KOLOFF/RICKY STEAMOBAT vs DR. DEATH STEVE WILLAMS/TERRY GORDY 6.2/10
-- For the most part, one of the most realistic matches I've ever seen. Dr. Death always has these awesome looking amatuer exchanges with his opponents wether it's with Steamboat, Koloff or Kawada.
Sting/Steamboat/Windham/Rhodes vs Rude/Arn/Eaton/Zbyszko, WCW Saturday Night 02/22/92 6/10
-- What I enjoyed about this is how well everyone had their roles down pat in this bout. There is no noticable weak link here in the ring. This brings me back to the days where I was an absolute WCW and New Japan fanatic.
CHRIS BENOIT vs GREAT SASUKE JCUP 94 9.8/10
-- A different feel than the Lyger match earlier in the night and appropiately so. An epic way to end the tournament
JUSHIN LYGER vs GREAT SASUKE JCUP 94 9.8/10
-- This is one of my favourite puroresu matches and is their best match together by a long shot. Great underdog battle here with exciting action all the ways through. Looove the much talked about ending which actually adds to the match.
GREAT SASUKE vs EL SAMURAI JCUP 94 9/10
-- The ending sequence enthralls me especially with Sasuke's talking to the reff at the end which makes the match seem so competitive, real and important
Bret "The Hitman" Hart vs 1-2-3 Kid 07/11/94 9/10
-- Bret defends the title in a beautifully told story where the upstart 123 Kids attempts to take the title away from Bret.
MISAWA vs KAWADA 6/3/94 8.3/10
-- If you're reading this, odds are you know about this match!
CHRIS BENOIT vs GEDO JCUP 95 9.8/10
-- To me the best match of the tournament. I looooved Gedo's selling here of the match he just want through. Gedo crawls through the tournament by the skin of his teeth by getting "lucky" each time. First against Caras and now against Benoit. Fluke move at the end, a controversial 3 count and every mark/smark is cursing Gedo upside down. I really liked Gedo in this tournament.
CARAS vs GEDO JCUP 95 9/10
-- Gedo heels it up and I love it. Always a mark for Caras' submission moves.
BRIAN PILLMAN vs JOHNNY B. BADD FALL BRAWL 95 9/10
-- Face vs face battle where Pillman turns eventually turns into a heel for the match. I love the match finish as it's a fav spot of mine but also how it perfectly into what they were doing
Bret Hart vs Hakushi Raw 7/1995 9/10
-- Memories, this was the match that reminded me of how awesome Bret Hart could be. I enjoyed it as much as the KId match. The spot that has forever stayed with me is Bret deciding he can fly too and does that awesome rope aissisted splash from the ring apron to the floor. Space Flying Tiger Drop!
KOBASHI vs AKYIMA 12/2000 8.5/10
-- I enjoyed the long fought out battle here. Make sure to check out Kobashi's eye at the end of this. Ouch!
SAMOA JOE vs CM PUNK III ROH 7/10
-- Really good match here and one of my favourites from ROH. The work around the sleeper was pretty cool.
Chris Benoit vs MVP Backlash 8.7/10 -- It's hard to talk about any Benoit matches. This was a great match and I can't help but give any match that has the highspot of the flying splash only to be met by the knees a high mark
Chris Benoit vs MVP Judgement Day 9.3/10 -- My kind of match. The fans unfortunately didn't bite into it like they could have but still put together really well. It had a chance for me to be absolutely epic if it had gone on longer. Still a fitting end as this set up another rematch but unfortuanately they didn't get to finish the series.
Fit Finlay vs Ric Flair Smackdown 6/10 -- Really good little match and this makes it because I love how Flair gets revenge on Finlay for attacking his leg by doing what else? Attacking Finlay's leg! Good way to get the crowd into it. It also looks like Finlay has a new leg submission. Flair has improved since a few years ago but I still think he should retire for his own health.